OCT 15 Gallery Talk: The First Woman Graphic Novelist

Graphic! Bold! Curious? 

Looking for some artistic and intellectual nourishment during your lunch break? Join us on Wednesdays for short gallery talks to explore highlights from special exhibitions and NMWA’s collection with museum staff.

This week, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center Heather Slania discusses selections from The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová special exhibition.


Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980) was a Czech graphic artist whose 1929 novel Z mého dětství (From My Childhood) is widely acknowledged to be the first wordless novel created by a woman. This exhibition showcases five of her published novels as well as her unpublished book Malířka Na Cestách (The Artist on her Journey), which contains 52 original woodcuts about a young woman artist studying abroad, mirroring Bochořáková-Dittrichová’s own life at the beginning of her career.

National Museum of Women in the Arts